Race in the Baja 1000 with Wide Open’s $120,000 All-Inclusive Ticket

All you need is an adventurous spirit and they’ll take care of the rest.

By Viju Mathew 20/10/2019

From November 19 to 24, the Baja 1000 will call racers from around the world with its siren song of studded tires bashing over sand, boulders attacking suspension and the wailing four-stroke howl of throttles pinned to the floor as purpose-built off-roaders go screaming across 1200 kilometres of desolate Mexican landscape in search of endurance-racing glory.



First run in 1967, the Baja 1000 has attracted a who’s who of motorsport enthusiasts—including hard-core Hollywood dust-chasers like Steve McQueen, James Garner and Paul Newman—because of, not despite, the hardship. But if you want to test your mettle without the prep time, cost or customs hassle of entering your own vehicle, Wide Open Baja has your all-inclusive ticket.



“The experience is designed to make real racing accessible to those who
 have the passion but no time to develop their own program,” says Robert Ward, general manager of the Nevada-based outfitter, which also offers multiday
 trips throughout the year. “It’s a
 turnkey solution providing everything from high-performance equipment to detailed logistics. Anyone who wants to compete in the Baja 1000 with us just needs enthusiasm, determination and an adventurous spirit, plus a small amount of basic driving ability, and we’ll take care of the rest.”

 a Baja endurance racer circa 1972
A Baja endurance racer circa 1972. Getty



As we can attest following a 320-kilometre foray into the Baja Peninsula with Ward’s team, the “rest” comprises a Baja Challenge race vehicle (with a Weddle four-speed manual transmission and a top speed of 150km/h) plus three replacement cars and a support staff, including mechanics. The latter proved invaluable when one team in our group busted an axle; they were back in action by the end of a water break.



Entry fees, fuel, dining and lodging for up to six participants are also covered for around A$120,000, and with Wide Open’s 99 per cent finish rate, far above the race average, it seems that completing one of the world’s most legendary races before the 34-hour cutoff is also part of the package.



A-List Access: To inquire about Wide Open Baja’s off-road adventures, contact general manager Robert Ward at 949-635-2292 or robward@wideopenbaja.com.

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

Five New Helicopters Coming To The Skies

These new choppers range from VIP designs to a DIY two-seater and more.

By Daniel Bachmann

21/04/2021

Robb Review: McLaren 765LT

The heart of McLaren’s new road-going 765LT belongs to the track.

By Robert Ross

20/04/2021

Introducing Heesen’s ‘Moskito’ Superyacht

The aggressively styled vessel is on course for its first cruise.

By Michael Verdon

20/04/2021

Audi’s Newest E-Tron Sedan Concept

Finally a move towards EV capability and range better suited to Australian driving.

By Bryan Hood

20/04/2021

Inside 100-Metre ‘Ark’ Of Fun

The vessel arrives with 18 vehicles to play on land, sea and air.

By Rachel Cormack

16/04/2021

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected